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Professional Development Award

Call for Applications (CFA)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine (NLM)External Link Indicator, announces the availability of Professional Development Awards for network members.

The GMR plans to fund five awards for up to $1,500 each in Option Year 4 (May 2015-April 2016). There is a rolling deadline for this award.

If you have questions regarding this award, contact Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator. Email the GMR or send an email to To contact the GMR by phone, call 1-800-338-7657 and press one (1) for the Regional Network Office.Awards will be announced on GMRLIST and in The Cornflower, the GMR blog. A list of previous Professional Development Award Recipients is available.


The purpose of Professional Development Award is to enable Network members to expand professional knowledge in order to improve access to health information for consumers, students, faculty, and staff.

Funding may include but is not limited to:

  • Hosting a CE event or professional meeting
  • Attendance at professional seminars
  • CE opportunities at meetings
  • Attendance at a professional meeting or conference to present results of a GMR-funded award


  • Library staff employed at Network member libraries in the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region are eligible to apply. Only one award will be given per institution to fund individual activities in the same contract year. Priority will be given to first time applicants from hospital libraries, public libraries, and community college and tribal libraries.
  • Network member libraries may request funding for educational activities for professional associations or at Network member institutions. Multiple awards for these types of events may be requested in the same contract year.

Technical Application Instructions

The respondent should complete the Professional Development Award Application Word doc. Submit the completed application attached to an email addressed to


  • Applicants must demonstrate how the professional development activity proposed is linked to a specific goal for the library.

Period of Performance

The period of performance for the award should begin at the time of approval of the award and end approximately one month after the completion of the activity/event funded by the award.

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by the GMR staff. Questions and comments from may be sent to the applicant for clarification and revision of the application. The merits of each application will be carefully evaluated, based on responsiveness to the CFA. Applicants must submit information sufficient to evaluate their submissions based on the criteria listed below.

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be scored against the following criteria:
  • Appropriateness of class to areas of health science librarianship and health information access
  • Applicant demonstrates how the professional development activity is linked to a specific goal of the library
  • Likelihood that the selected professional development activity will achieve the desired outcome

Cost Application Instructions

Total cost must not exceed $1,500.

Funding will be processed on a cost reimbursement basis. This award is not a grant or subcontract. Line item invoices must be submitted for reimbursement of expenditures. Reimbursement takes an average of four weeks.

The funds may be used to support:

  • Registration fees
  • Travel expenses

Funding is not available for equipment, personnel or indirect costs.

Reporting Requirements

Final reports are required and will be entered and submitted to the Outreach Application and Online Contract Reports System (OCR) at: Awardees must first create an account before reports can be submitted. Contact your GMR program coordinator for additional information on the OCR and/or to obtain an account for a funded project.

In addition, recipients are encouraged to report on the project experience in The Cornflower, the GMR blog, and agree to allow the NN/LM GMR to republish reports and materials.

Additional Requirements

The summaries here are included for your convenience. Please follow the links provided to view the full policies.

The Use of Appropriated Funds for Educational (Promotional) Items
Promotional items may not be purchased with GMR funds.

Credit Statement
The awardee must acknowledge NLM's support in any media for this project.

508 Compliance
Any electronic and information technology developed must adhere to Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Publications Resulting from NN/LM Funded Projects
Any final, peer-reviewed manuscripts that arise from this project must be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.

Development of Training Materials
Successful applicants are expected to use or adapt existing training materials before developing new materials.

Availability of Funding
All awards issued under the NLM Contract with University of Illinois at Chicago are subject to the Government's availability of appropriated funds.

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